SHAPCOTT Allister Francis 415373

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Allister Francis SHAPCOTT

Service No: 415373
Born: Perth WA, 17 May 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 September 1941
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Station Leuchars, Fifeshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (Anson aircraft), Scotland, 8 August 1943, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Leuchars Cemetery, Fifeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Louis Edward and Elsie Beatrice Shapcott, of Nedlands, Western Australia. A.F.I.A.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Flying Officer Allister Francis Shapcott (415373) (Pilot) and Flying Officer Thomas George Rodgers (126149) (RAFVR) (Pilot) were killed in a flying accident in the afternoon of 8 August 1943. They were on an air test and dual instruction non operational flight in an Anson from 1510 Flight and had a mid-air collision with a Mosquito aircraft from No. 333 Norwegian Squadron flown by Lieutenant Commander Ofendor, the Officer Commanding the Squadron.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/37/168

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951
Shapcott, Frank (415373) Papers held at the State Library of WA